Leeds drew 1-1 with National League North York City in a friendly played at Bootham Crescent yesterday. And yes, the result wasn’t ideal, but it’s preseason, right?
very much a young/second-string team tonight and perhaps a chance more than anything for Bielsa to start working out which of the younger players will be around the senior squad this season. But can't get away from the issue of how light that squad looks.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 19, 2018
The squad looks a little thin at the moment, but at least this preseason match gave some of the younger players a chance to shine. Sam Dalby scored and Hugo Diaz looked comfortable in a back three with the ball at his feet.
For the non-youth players that got a chance to play, Mateusz Klich was one of the stand-out performers, as was Lewis Baker, but that was to be expected. Tom Pearce showed why his best position might be as a wing-back rather than as a fullback, and we got a look at Laurens De Bock playing as a central defender.
Marcelo Bielsa probably got a good idea of what U23s can make the step up to the first team this season, and that’s all that matters in preseason.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
A look at which strikers Leeds have targeted this summer. [Through It All Together]
Player ratings for the friendly against York City. [Through It All Together]
Recap of the York City match. [Through It All Together]
England and English Football Links
Gary Neville, owner of Salford City, and the owner of Accrington Stanley are arguing on Twitter about money or football or something. [BBC.com]
World Football Links
Juan Carlos Osorio will likely reject a contract extension that would keep him as manager of the Mexican National Team. [FMF State of Mind]